Pressure mounts on Srini as two key members quit

Mumbai/New Delhi, June 1: In a severe blow to BCCI President N Srinivasan, two top Board officials today quit piling more pressure on him to step down in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal, amid indications that more senior functionaries would resign in a bid to oust the Tamil Nadu strongman.

On a day of dramatic developments, BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale and Treasurer Ajay Shirke sent their resignations to Srinivasan, saying they were deeply hurt by recent developments in cricket.

Bowing to intense pressure, Srinivasan convened an Emergency Working Committee meeting hours after information spilled out that the ICC had warned his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan to keep away from bookies at the start of IPL.


Significantly, Jagdale, who is also a member of the three-member inquiry commission to go into allegations against CSK Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan and CSK franchise owner India Cements, run by Srinivasan, also opted out of the inquiry committee.

"I have expressed my inability to join the probe," Jagdale said when asked whether he would continue in the panel which has two retired Judges on it.

There was intense speculation that joint secretary Anurag Thakur and five vice-presidents will also put in their papers by tomorrow to put more pressure on Srinivasan who has steadfastly refused to step down, maintaining that he has done nothing wrong.

The five vice-presidents are Arun Jaitley (North), Niranjan Shah (West), Sudhir Dabir (Central), Chitrak Mitra (East) and Shivlal Yadav (South).

However, Chitrak Mitra denied that he was planning to quit. "I have no plans to quit nor am I under any pressure to do so," he said.

The day unfolded with Jagdale, Shirke and Anurag Thakur calling Srinivasan and asking him to announce convening of an immediate meeting of the Working Committee by evening failing which they would quit.


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